The Early Beginnings of Desiring God

Josh Etter

Char Ransom was on the search committee that brought Pastor John to Bethlehem Baptist Church in 1980. In this two-minute video, Char gives us a glimpse into those first years at Bethlehem and the beginning of our ministry here at Desiring God.

Watch the entire End-of-Year Video Update.

The Feeble Infant Came to Conquer Satan

Jonathan Parnell
The Feeble Infant Came to Conquer Satan

Jonathan Edwards:

His infinite condescension marvelously appeared in the manner of his birth. He was brought forth in a stable because there was no room for them in the inn. The inn was taken up by others, that were looked upon as persons of greater account.

The Blessed Virgin, being poor and despised, was turned or shut out. Though she was in such necessitous circumstances, yet those that counted themselves her betters would not give place to her; and therefore, in... Continue Reading

End-of-Year Video Update with Spanish Subtitles

Josh Etter

Last week we released our end-of-year mission update. Here's a version with Spanish subtitles that you might want to share with Spanish speaking friends.

As well, you can read Pastor John's letter (available only in English) where he takes a look forward into the future and what we're hoping to accomplish at Desiring God.

How Jesus Made Himself Nothing

Jonathan Parnell

K. Scott Oliphint writes,

What then does Paul mean when he says that this preincarnate Son, who was in the form of God but who took on the form of a servant “made himself nothing”?. . .

We are, says Paul, to incubate within ourselves the same mind-set that Christ himself had when he chose to come down to us. More specifically, we are told, “do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves” (Philippians 2:3). We are not, then,... Continue Reading

Have We Over-Elevated the Family?

Jonathan Parnell

Every pastor knows the tension between caring for his family and caring for his flock. Pastor John talks about what faithfulness looks like:

Join us on January 30 to February 1 for our 2012 Conference for Pastors, "God, Manhood & Ministry: Building Men for the Body of Christ."


Of Kids and Christmas

Rachel Jankovic

One of the serious responsibilities of parenthood is pulling off Christmas. If you have a little posse of kids you already know what I am talking about. Weeks and weeks of mad-dashing and shopping and wrapping and brainstorming and decorating and planning and pouring eggnog and peeling baggy oranges and unsticking candy-canes from table tops and carpets and the bottom of hot chocolate mugs. Frantically realizing that you failed to mail packages in time, or that you forgot to order in... Continue Reading

End-of-Year Video Update from John Piper

Josh Etter

From Pastor John…

Desiring God exists to spread a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples through Jesus Christ, especially by focusing on the truth, and its implications, that God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.

We want to spread that truth and all of its amazingly God-exalting, practical implications everywhere in the world. So when the world passes beyond the seven billion population mark, we look at the... Continue Reading

Christmas: How Goodies Lose Their Attraction

Jonathan Parnell
Christmas: How Goodies Lose Their Attraction

Pastor John:

At the end of this age when Christ returns, the final act of purification will take place; all impurities in the hearts of God's people will be done away with.

But that promise of purity hasbegunto be fulfilled in the first coming of Christ. Hebrews 1:3says, "When [Christ] had madepurificationfor sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high." AndTitus 2:14says that Christ "gave himself for us to redeem us from all iniquity and topurifyfor... Continue Reading

How Light Swallowed Darkness

Jonathan Parnell
How Light Swallowed Darkness

C. S. Lewis:

In the Incarnation God the Son takes the body and human soul of Jesus, and, through that, the whole environment of Nature, all the creaturely predicament, into his own being.

So that ‘he came down from Heaven’ can almost be transposed into ‘Heaven drew earth up into it,’ and locality, limitation, sleep, sweat, footsore weariness, frustration, pain, doubt, and death, are, from before all worlds, known by God from within.

The pure light walks the earth; the darkness,... Continue Reading

John Piper's First Advent Poem

Josh Etter
John Piper's First Advent Poem

"Advent Beauty" (1982) —

Tilting on her yearly track
Advent beauty circles back,
Flying faster with the years,
Hardly giving time for tears
First to dry upon the cheek—
Has it been more than a week
Since we laid both young and old
In the ground now winter cold?
Has there really been a spring
When the birds began to sing?
Has there been both summer, fall
Since the Baby in the stall
Called us with a Christmas bell
to sing, O Come, Immanuel?
Tilting on her yearly track
Advent beauty circles... Continue Reading